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9.373 Somatosensory and Motor Systems, Spring 2002

Pyramidal neurons in the motor cortex of a mammal.
Pyramidal neurons in the motor cortex of a mammal, using the golgi cox technique to visualize the cell bodies and dendrites. (Courtesy of the Schneider Laboratory, MIT Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences.)

Highlights of this Course

This graduate course teaches future researchers in the fields of motor learning and sensory systems. The course is taught by some of the world leaders in motor control and plasticity. The reading list provides a foundation covering the seminal works in the field as well as current cutting-edge research. The related resources provide links for exploration of the field in more detail.

Course Description

General principles of motor control in biological systems. Structure and function of sensory receptors. Muscle structure and reflex arcs. Spinal cord. Locomotion. Oculomotor control. Cerebellar structure and function. Motor thalamus. Basal ganglia. Somatosensory cortex: maps and neuronal properties. Cortical plasticity. Motor psychophysics and computational approaches to motor control, and motor planning.


Prof. Emilio Bizzi
Prof. Ann M Graybiel
Prof. Mriganka Sur

Course Meeting Times

One session / week
3 hours / session



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